Winter break is a period of time where students are faced with the interesting balance of family, relaxation and work. It’s this awkward month-long period where there’s not enough days to secure a new job or internship but, for students who are anxious about beginning internships related to their field of study, this long span of time can seem unproductive. One way to combat the winter break lull and continue building your career network is by applying for Fairfield University’s Alumni Job Shadow program – sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Academic & Career Development Center – that takes place over the course of winter break.
This program, running from Dec. 20 – Jan. 18, is open to all juniors and seniors who hope to gain insight on a possible internship, post-graduation position, or simply to learn about different options are available in their field of study. The Alumni Job Shadow Program takes students on a half-day or full-day journey through the everyday work-life of a Fairfield University alum. This special insight will give students the ability to gain exposure to what a working professional experiences on a day-to-day basis.
Additionally, students who participate in the Alumni Job Shadow Program will receive advice from fellow Stags about their industry, how to apply for various positions and anything else students may want to know about the professional world.
In a statement to ACDC, which was then provided to The Mirror, Adelyn Galang ‘18 expressed her gratitude to ACDC for providing this program to students.
“I participated in the Fairfield Job Shadow Program in January  with the HR team of Ascena Retail Group, and through building connections during that I was able to land an internship with Ann Taylor,” said Galang. “My site marketing internship just ended last week and since then I have now transitioned into a full time role as a performance marketing coordinator on the Loft and Lou & Grey team.”
Alumna Jillian Rea ‘18 shared similar sentiments. “I completed my Job Shadow in January  at the Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office under Diane Schmidt. Today, I am starting my third week as a full-time employee in the MGH Development Office as a development associate on the Corporate and Foundation Relations team. I am so grateful to Fairfield University for providing me with such a wonderful opportunity that ultimately helped me to land my first job post-grad. During orientation, we were told that approximately one percent of people who apply for jobs at MGH get hired, and I know I have Fairfield University to thank for that,” said Rea.
According to a news@fairfield story, last year the program matched 260 students (about 20 more than 2017) with 141 alumni (about 20 less than 2017) from organizations that ranged from Facebook and LinkedIn to Michael Kors and WebMD.
Applications are open until Friday, Oct. 19 and students who decided to apply must submit a resume to Stags4Hire. Still not sure if you want to register? Find more information about this program on fairfield.edu/jobshadow or call Deirdre Bennett in the office of Academic & Career Development at 203-254-4000 ext. 2150 with any questions.